Hot-shooting TNT sends Phoenix crashing back to earth


TNT KaTropa put on a shooting clinic in the fourth period as it sent the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters crashing back to earth with a 123-118 decision on Wednesday night at the Big Dome.

The KaTropa buried six straight three-pointers to open the fourth quarter and never looked back, as they built a 120-110 cushion with only two minutes left to play to get past the Fuel Masters.

As a result, the KaTropa sustained their momentum in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup as they now have a share of leadership with the NLEX Road Warriors in the team standings with an unblemished 3-0 win-loss slate.

In all, TNT shot 43-of-77 from the field and 18-of-30 for a 60-percent clip from three-point territory. The KaTropa were also 8-of-11 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter.

Troy Rosario and KJ McDaniels led the TNT offense with 32 points apiece, with the latter also tallying eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.

RR Pogoy scored 22 points while shooting 4-of-5 from threes, Jayson Castro had 20 markers highlighted by three treys, while Don Trollano added 13 points.

Matthew Wright had 30 points, and Eugene Phelps had 29 points and 11 rebounds in a lost cause as Phoenix couldn’t sustain the momentum it built in win against Ginebra last Sunday and instead fell to 1-3 with the loss.

The scores:

TNT 123 – McDaniels 32, Rosario 32, Pogoy 22, Castro 20, Trollano 13, De Leon 2, Vosotros 2, Magat 0, Washington 0, A. Semerad 0, Carey 0.

PHOENIX 118 – Wright 30, Phelps 29, Perkins 18, Jazul 15, Mallari 9, Garcia 6, Kramer 4, Marcelo 3, Napoles 2, Chua 2, Potts 0, Dennison 0.

Quarter scores: 32-23, 61-57, 94-91, 123-118.